Ernest and Julio: Cheap and Crappy, or popularly priced? : LUSENET : like sands : One Thread

I'm just wondering, is anyone else's wine of choice described as cheap and crappy by Jen? I went to the Gallo site, only to discover that they are the parent company behind Carlo Rossi wines. When you need some fast actin' booze, there's none better than the apple shaped jug of Carlo Rossi Rhine Wine.
Carlo Rossi, you feel the buzz on your third gulp.

Oh and also, disscussion of Godzilla's assertion (see the bacon board) that alcohol is the prime mover is welcome as well. I say yes, it's all about booze.

-- Anonymous, April 07, 2000


Last night I was drinking Carlo Rossi California Burgundy. You can't beat the price ($4 for 1.5 liter) and the taste is pretty good. The buzz is really the thing though. It sneaks up on you, warm and enveloping. It's a great companion to a leather recliner and some light reading.

-- Anonymous, April 07, 2000

Damn, $4 for 1.5 litres.... in Alberta the cheapest is about $6 for the 750 ml size bottle. Ernest and Julio here is not cheap, the bottles start about $8 or $9 although, crappy... that is a matter of taste, if you like the after taste of chemicals in your mouth, then, some of teh lower end priced wine is then good.

-- Anonymous, April 20, 2000

$8 or $9 Canadian for a bottle of wine isn't cheap???

-- Anonymous, April 21, 2000

I bought ernest & Julio Gallo wine for my daughter's wedding and it was the most awful wine I have ever had in my life. The first bottle that we opened had turned to vinegar. I took a bottle of wine home that was left and when I opened it I said to my boyfriend that it tasted funny, he said it was because it was California wine we drank our glasses and then I looked in the bottom of our glasses and there was a lot of sediment in them and at least a half of inch in the bottom of the bottle. I got really sick from it. I would never buy this wine again

-- Anonymous, October 21, 2000

I have been drinking Ernest & Julio Gallo Twin Valley Cafe Zinfindale for years. Its $5.79 for 750 ml. Drop for drop, its the best fruity tasting Zinfindale you can buy at this price. Paying $35.00 a bottle for wine is a bit steep.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2000

I just paid $7.49 APIECE FOR 2 4 litre Carlos. What a great man mr. rossi is allowing americans to indulge like the french in wine and drunken fun!!! CHEERS!!

-- Anonymous, November 28, 2001

Rossi is a great old style Italian American wine. Everbody today connosuiers, and wannabe wine snobs thinks if it isnt Chardonnay or C. Sauvignon its cheap. About all those two do for me is make my mouth pucker and feel like I'm drinking the Sahara desert! My favorite Rossi wine is Vin Rose`, Paisano, & Sangria. Real Italians know theres gotta be a little sweetness in your wine. Try the Riunite brands if you want another good "cheap" wine,the D'Oro,and Lambrusco are great. The peach ummm(wine with peaches another Ital-Amer favorite). Enough we're making the wine snobs sick.Later folks, I gotta polish off the rest of my Paisano mixed with what I got left of my Vin Rose`.

-- Anonymous, December 29, 2001

Safeway is having a sale on Carlo Rossi this week: $5.99 for a 4 liter jug. That's three big jugs and change back for a $20 bill. I like the Piasano

-- Anonymous, January 18, 2002

I think I'm going to send Jeanette a little note. That was the funniest thing I've read all week. Maybe I'll get to sample her jugs.

-- Anonymous, January 18, 2002

piasano? I belong to a wine/ lunch club we meet every thursday for lunch and we all think piasano is the best. We have tried them all over the last 20 years and keep coming back. Even the "cork in the neck" snobs have come around. Cheap is good in this case.....

-- Anonymous, February 21, 2002

Ne Way when i go to france i can buy bottles of wine for 69 english pence

-- Anonymous, March 12, 2002

Rossi wine is nothing short of the best wine that you can buy for the money. Many an eve have i gotten faded off the Rossi wine. Blush and white zin are personal favorites. Try some tonight, or in the morning!

-- Anonymous, April 12, 2002

We have been drinking Carlo Rossi (Gallo) jug wines for years paying about $9.00 US for a four liter jug. I have to admit a fondness for Turning Leaf cabernet and I was not surprized to find that it, also, is a Gallo product. We stay with the paisanos and chiantis.

-- Anonymous, May 03, 2002

My grandmother metered daily doses of Paisano to my grandfather who lived into his ninties in a time when the life expectancy was much less. He died with a full head of snowy white hair, full white mustache, a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face (did I mention the 16 children?). I hope to last as long and have the same healthy glow up to the end. Paisano is California's best kept secret (unless your family roots trace back to Italy).

-- Anonymous, May 10, 2002

carlo rossi paisano, the poor man's prozac. what a way to mellow out after a long days work fixing radiators and dealing with ahole customers. carlo rossi i love you.

-- Anonymous, May 14, 2002

Well, I've had a few wines in my day & I must tip my drunken noggin to Carlo Rossi. Nobody and I mean nobody gets me this drunk for so cheap! I mean I get absolutely wasted for 5 bucks! Aye, my point is if you high brow wine drinkers are looking for taste maybe you should could consider shelling out a bit more than a measly five bones, but if you're just looking to get horny & drunk - Carlo Rossi is your man. Long live Carlo Rossi and hot love making!!!

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Top of the line Rhine Carlo Rossi, I drink it all the time. It does the job and its cheap. And it is hangover proof!!! Also when having wannabe bourgousie females over. Just pour them a glass and don't show them the bottle and voila they 'll tell everybody how they were sipping on something better than Moet Chandon. Also if you want soemcheap four buck knockoff of Alize try MAD DOG 20/20 Orange Jubilee. Those two are the greatest! and only 12 bucks between them.

-- Anonymous, May 29, 2002

After my Father (A wine maker for over 75 years)passed away I needed to find a wine that tasted like his, Sorry to say, I did not know how to make it. I bought a lot of Wines till I found one that that was right it was CARLO ROSSI PAISANO. I have served it to friends that can remember his and they agree. I always use a wine pitcher when serving and some of the so called experts don't belive it till I show them gallon jug that it comes in. This wine is as good as some that cost three to four as much.

-- Anonymous, June 14, 2002

I'll tell you what I like, is Taylor's California Cellars Burgundy. When we moved back to the States in '97 we went to Fairfield, Connecticut, and found a great little homestyle Italian place called Apizza Center -- highly recommended; the food is wonderful and plentiful, the other patrons bless your children when they walk past and the waitresses are surly bitches. It's pitch-perfect. I loved their house wine, and finally had the sense to ask what it was, and she brought out a jug of Taylor.

Now, you have to be careful not to get the Taylor California Cellars with added flavors or some such crap, that's marked pretty clearly on the label, go for the TCC Burgundy that doesn't have any added junk on the label.

And for the record yes, I like Rossi's Paisano, drinking it right now. I was on Livingston since it was formerly the cheapest bang for the buck -- I do draw the line at purely chemical wines like Mad Dog, Thunderbird, Boone's Farm, et al -- here at the local CVS, and I get Taylor's Lake Country Red whenever it's on sale at Nuttall's Market, but I'm into this Rossi Paisano. As long as it's on sale I'll buy it, might even get an extra jug to stock up.

-- Anonymous, June 18, 2002

I just got done reading some of your comments concerning my grandfathers (Carlo Rossi) wines I must say Grandpa Charlie would have loved them. I know I did. Thanks Kayrin

-- Anonymous, June 21, 2002

Re: Carlo Rossi Paisano and Chianti -- The first time I found a fly in the wine I was sick and disgusted--to say the least. The second time--a few months later--another fly--I was NOT happy! Now, just a couple of weeks ago I found another one, and I was really P----- off! I think I've had enough of those damn flies. I like the wine very much and the price as well. But I can't stand it any longer. Better take a GOOD look next time you pour a drink. I'd rather switch than keep going -- no telling what I'll find next.

-- Anonymous, July 03, 2002

I absolutely LOVE Carlo Rossi Red Sangria--I must be a whino alcoholic because I drink about 3 glasses of it every day! It is so good and so zippy--It is one of the best wines I have ever drank--my sister brought over some $40.00 a bottle bordeux and I could'nt get past the first sip--she can keep that crap--I'll choose my sangria every time! The buzz is awesome and I never have a hangover! I'm on my 2nd glass right now---cheers all!

-- Anonymous, July 18, 2002

I have been buying different kinds of red wine over the past three years, trying to look for the best, and I kept coming back to Carlo Rossi red wine. It's cheap, but very good: not too dry, not too sweet. I had a friend from the Netherlands for dinner one evening, and she gave me compliments for the quality of my wine. Little did she know it cost me very little (the equivalent of US$2.50 for a 750mL bottle in this country). Well, it's been more and more difficult to find stores that carry the brand. The storekeepers say it's because the wine is so popular here, it's always out of stock.

-- Anonymous, July 24, 2002

Carlo Rossi Paisano 100% Grape Wine (did we think it was made from coconuts?) is the finest Red Wine I have ever encountered. True, I am not an afficianado of fine wines, and my more learned friends would scoff at such a product, but I can drink this til the cows comes home and still want more after the cows go where they came from...those damn cows. I don't care if it was originally called a sangria and they were forced to change the description to "grape wine". It suits me fine. And I can't stomach cheap winesque products like Reuinite, Boons Farm, or Andre. Feh. Nope, Paisano is the real deal. A wine you'd be proud to share with your friends and wind up face down in the gutter, weeping over lost loves, endless failures and the misery of your pointless, wasted life. Those damn cows.

-- Anonymous, October 29, 2002

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